Recently named the first Director of Global Music of the W Hotel brand, Michelangelo L’Acqua has made his mark in the fashion and music industries producing over 150 runway shows and executive producing artists such as Cee-Lo, The Roots, and TV On The Radio. We recently caught up with the musical curator to talk about the W Hotel’s newest compilation album “Symmetry”, his own personal branding as a music and fashion master, and what he loves about Miami.
Tell us a few of your favorite things about Miami and the W South Beach hotel?
Miami is in the backyard of New York. You are relaxed the moment you get off the plane, you leave all your problems back home and you dream the whole time of never leaving. Then it’s back to the grind on Monday in the concrete jungle.
Miami is world renowned as a hot spot for music and culture - what is your take on the scene here?
To me, Miami is a town full of energy and creativity because people are always coming and going, in and out of town. Everyone is looking to be a part of the scene but only a few can be true influencers. If you come to Miami to show off what you’ve got, you better bring it.
You've excelled as a musical director for top fashion designers like Yves Saint Laurent, Michael Kors and Chanel - what brought you to team up with the W Hotel chain as their first ever Director of Global Music?
For 15 years I produced music for fashion shows, records, film & TV and I found myself needing to grow once more as a creative spirit. That’s when W approached me about this position. Now, for the first time in my life, I truly have a global platform to express ideas and a musical vision. It is a very challenging job, but I love a challenge. Plus the perks – like traveling to amazing Ws all around the world – aren’t too bad either.
What potential does global music have within the "W" brand?
By the end of 2011, W Hotels will have expanded to more than 50 hotels worldwide. And since music is the one language that everyone in the world speaks, our music programming engages our guests around the globe and brings them deeper into the W lifestyle.
Tell us about how the album “Symmetry” came about. What were your inspirations and what does it sound like?
The concepts behind “Symmetry” are the two most important foundations of music: well-crafted song writing and beautiful melodies. When these two art forms are symmetrical, the listener will never grow tired of the song and will attach a memory to the feeling they had upon first listening.
What for you is the best part of being a musical curator?
This is the most humbling job I’ve ever had. As a music producer it’s about my ego. As a music director, I have to be open to the infinite possibilities of expression before I apply my own ego and opinion upon it. Self-control is the key here. If I judge something before I have truly embraced it, I might miss how impactful it is.
Michelangelo L’Acqua’s “Symmetry” is available at W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305-938-3000.